Potato Salad

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:02
Potato Salad

There are so many variations to the potato salad in Europe – the one that surprised me most was German Potato Salad, it took me a while to get used to that taste.

Black Forest Gâteau

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:29
Black Forest Gâteau
Black Forest Gâteau
Black Forest Gâteau

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Considering we lived just on the edge of the Black Forest for six years, a day out to this beautiful part of Germany happened quite often for our family.  One time we went on my birthday and so after eating lunch at our favorite restaurant in Triberg, we ordered Black Forest Gâteau – my birthday cake for that day.  One cannot go to the Black Forest without eating this delicious cake!

Mac n' Cheese - French Style

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:43
French Macaroni-Cheese

Yummy…who doesn’t like a dish of warm mac and cheese?  It’s so creamy and delicious and definitely a kid pleaser.  There are so many varieties of homemade mac and cheese nowadays but did you know the pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded in cookbooks as early as the 14th century? It’s a dish of English origin, consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and cheese, most commonly Cheddar cheese, though it can also incorporate other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, meat and vegetables.

Traditional French Chocolate Mousse

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/02/2015 - 18:41
French Chocolate Mousse

An easy French dessert…. There’s nothing like whipping up a mixture of Chocolate, sugar and cream to make a delicious chocolate mousse that the French are so famous for. You can find ‘Mousse au Choclat’ at just about every café in Paris, and it’s so perfect for kids too!

Raspberry-Swirl Pound Cake

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:25
Raspberry-Swirl Pound Cake

In England, baking is done by the metric system.  Everything is weighed in measurements.  A pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of the main four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. However, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar may also be called a pound cake, as it yields the same results.

Nutella Cheesecake

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:23
Nutella Cheesecake

Oh my goodness, this is definitely the best tasting cheesecake EVER!! I found this recipe at ‘easydinner.it’, it was actually a video on how they made it and by the end of the video it was calling my name.  I HAD to make it!  I just couldn’t get enough and neither could my family, it truly is heavenly…and it’s chocolate! Need I say more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate-Nutella Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:20
Chocolate Nutella Cookies

I found another Nutella recipe that was calling my name.  Probably because it was so easy to whip up and I already had the ingredients in my cupboard. It was just one of those days! When you have one of those days, there’s nothing like chocolate to make it all better. I wonder if the Italians have as many Nutella recipes as us.  We sure do love their Nutella over here in the U.S. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek Tortellini Salad

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:44
Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek salad is made with tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with oregano and dressed with olive oil.

These ingredients are my favorite in a salad, especially the feta cheese – very delicious! It’s so easy to make up different styles of salads with these basic ingredients and cheese tortellini is the perfect combination in my opinion. I LOVE pasta, so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with adding it to the common Greek salad.  Enjoy!

Swiss Ham and Potato Soup

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:37
Swiss Ham and Potato Soup

There’s nothing like creamy potato soup and this recipe is probably one of my favourite creamy soups. It has such simple ingredients I’m quite amazed at just how flavourful it is. You can easily add bacon or even ham (like I did to use up left over ham from Easter).  I used regular Swiss slices of cheese to melt into this soup but it’s more common in Switzerland to use the original Emmental cheese from Emmental, Switzerland of course!

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:56
Hot Cross Buns

Growing up, our mum would always bake Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. So did just about every family in England. It’s been a tradition since the 12th century when a monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross. It soon spread across England and became a symbol of the Easter weekend.

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